Next Step- Recruitment


By Addison Stanton

Posing in Portland// Junior Xayla Black is on the Portland University campus for an official visit. This is one of multiple official visits Black has had in the past year. (Photo courtesy of Xayla Black).

It’s the dream of multiple pre-college athletes: to get recruited to a college for a sport. Being able to represent your school by playing a sport and getting the full college experience is a big deal for many students. Another huge reason people want to get recruited is reduced college costs. Whatever sport it is, the way you approach and handle the recruiting process is the key to having success. 

“I started out my process of trying to get recruited by creating highlight videos and uploading them to youtube so colleges can see the film,” junior Xayla Black, who has offers from SDSU, UNLV, and the University of Portland, “I also emailed colleges to come to my games when there are showcases and events.”

Every recruitment path is different for everyone. Some may have to email college coaches to come to them and other players may have a college coach sitting on the sidelines at one of their games. However, if you want to be sure, you should email a coach about your upcoming event. The email should include the place, time, and day of the game. Publicity is always key when it comes to recruiting. If you decide to create highlight videos of your games, make sure all of your information is at the very beginning of your video. Depending on the school, some coaches are more impatient than others and may not wait until the end of the video.

“Showcases are something you should play very well in,” Black said, “When you play in them, you’re able to play your best with your teammates in front of dozens of college coaches.” 

Showcases are an amazing opportunity to display your skill and also show how you are an impacting player. Depending on the age, the sidelines can be packed with dozens of college coaches from various divisions and colleges. Age is an important factor, there are rules that state you cannot start talking to colleges until the summer going into your junior year. However, this does not mean that you should play better in your junior year than you did in your other years of being an athlete. Even though you are only allowed to begin talking to coaches in your junior year, this doesn’t mean that it is the most crucial year. 

Another tactic college coaches use is inviting players onto zoom meetings to ask questions about their personality and skills as a player.  This method actually became more popular because of Covid-19 and using Zoom coaches could still recruit and meet with players.

“Recruitment does pay off,”  Black said, “The more work you put into getting recruited, the more success you will have with being recruited.”

In the end, there are so many different things players can do to get out there and become known in the college community. Taking these crucial steps is just part of the process, and you should always go above and beyond when trying to be recruited.



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